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Aberystwyth University

Countryside Management and Conservation (with integrated year in industry)

UCAS Code: D4C1

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


A level

C,C-D,D,D

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMP

UCAS Tariff

64-72
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Sandwich including industrial placement | 2018

Subjects

Rural estate management

Rural estate management

Do you want a job outdoors that seeks to conserve wildlife and helps the public gain access and enjoyment from the countryside? Then this is the course for you. This three year Foundation Degree scheme in Countryside Management and Conservation, which includes an integrated work placement year, is geared to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge required to gain work for countryside organisations such as the National Trust, national parks, the RSPB or county wildlife trusts.

Here is why you should consider this course:
- Firstly, we are the industry leader in education and training for countryside careers and have an enviable track record of getting students into countryside related employment.

- Secondly, you will develop a range of practical countryside skills such as fencing, dry stone walling and tree planting.

- Thirdly, your integrated year in work experience will greatly enhance your practical experience and employability.

- Last but not least, you will also have regular visits to visits to stunning conservation, wildlife and recreation sites as well as a residential field trip.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, Aberystwyth University was ranked in the top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). Studying at Aberystwyth University will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to explore nature on our doorstep. Nearby to the University's campus, students can explore the Dyfi National Nature Reserve, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire and the Brecon Beacons National parks.

During your three years of Countryside Management and Countryside Conservation you will discover these areas:

- Ecology;

- Habitat Management;

- Species conservation;

- Visitor Management;

- Rights of way management;

- The use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

The placement year (your 2nd year at Aberystwyth University) will allow you to explore careers in the countryside sector, but also equip you with the core skills that employers are seeking, making the transition between campus to career a smooth one. Students of this course will have the opportunity, if academic performance merits it, to progress to the final year BSc Countryside Management or BSc Countryside Conservation and gain a second qualification.

Students on this course have been very successful in gaining countryside employment for organisations such as the National Trust, National Parks, Wildlife Trusts, local authorities and the RSPB. Typical jobs include:

- Conservation officers;

- Estate Managements;

- Environmental education and interpretation officers;

- Species conservation officers;

- Wardens and Rangers for countryside sites and wildlife reserves;

- Environmental consultants.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Rural estate management
76%
med
Rural estate management

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Agriculture, food and related studies

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate
313

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Agriculture, food and related studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Conservation and environmental associate professionals
7%
Managers and proprietors in agriculture related services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Agriculture, food and related studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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